NASHVILLE, Tenn. The NFL will hear the appeal by the players' union on behalf of suspended Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones by telephone on Friday afternoon.
A person familiar with details of Jones' appeal told The Associated Press of the hearing but requested anonymity because the scheduling has not been officially announced.
Commissioner Roger Goodell declined to ease Jones' season-long suspension Nov. 6, and the NFL Players' Association appealed that decision a couple days later. But the union's appeal has been limited because Jones dropped his own appeal in June.
The NFL declined to comment when asked if the appeal would be heard Friday. Union officials did not return several messages from The Associated Press. They realize their appeal has little chance of success, especially with the hearing coming with only two weeks left in the 2007 season.
The appeal was first reported by The Tennessean in its Thursday editions.
Jones' status in the NFL will be reviewed by league officials once the Titans' season ends. The Titans (7-6) remain in contention for their first playoff berth since 2003.
BIG BEN MISSES PRACTICE: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed practice again Thursday because of a sore right shoulder, with Charlie Batch running the starting offense in his place. On Tuesday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger's problem wasn't a major one and, "I don't want to make more out of it than what it is." The Steelers haven't updated Roethlisberger's condition since then. Tomlin said Roethlisberger's status would be updated Friday.
BOLDIN THINKS HE'LL PLAY: Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin participated in part of practice on Thursday and was upbeat about his chances of playing in Sunday's game at New Orleans. Boldin, already slowed by a hip injury, sat out Sunday's loss at Seattle with a dislocated toe on his left foot. He's worn a protective boot most of the time since he was hurt in the previous week's home victory over Cleveland.
"I just tried to get out and test it out a little bit, you know, run around a little bit," Boldin said. "It's still a little sore, but I was able to do a couple of things on it. Unless anything happens, I should be out there Sunday."
Boldin has missed four games with injuries this season.
"'Q' did a little bit," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "We're still kind of feeling it out, but he made some progress obviously."
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald also was limited in practice with a strained left groin. He played despite the injury last Sunday and expects to do the same this week.
The Cardinals expect to get the return of safety Aaron Francisco, which would be good news for the team's beat-up secondary. Francisco, out the past three games with a calf injury, took part in the full practice.
"The only thing you've got to be careful of is you don't want to put too much on him during the week," Whisenhunt said. "You don't want to re-injure it, and he's making progress. Unless he has a setback tomorrow, I feel very good about him contributing in the game on Sunday."